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Report: Raiders inquire about trading for Eagles QB McNabb

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Rich Gannon was 33 when the Raiders signed him as an unrestricted free agent after a four-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs ended in 1999.

It didn’t take long for Gannon to assert himself as the Raiders unquestioned starting quarterback and make people forget about Jeff George, Donald Hollas and Wade Wilson.
Gannon earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons and was the league MVP for the 2002 season.

Perhaps, then, it makes sense to learn of the Raiders of approaching the Philadelphia Eagles about a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The news comes from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports in a story that says the Raiders and Buffalo Bills have contacted the Eagles about trading for McNabb.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week that he has been contacted by teams about all three of his quarterbacks, including Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

“We’ll go back and look through those [talks] and think through them a little bit once we’re away from this situation here,” Reid said. “[There is] nothing that, right now, that I can jump up and down about. But there has been some interest. … I’m listening to things out there. I’m not saying I’m doing anything. I’m just keeping my ears open, which we do on every player. This is no different.”

That has helped fuel the speculation, which is running rampant about now.

The Philadelphia Inquirer cited a league source in reporting that the St. Louis Rams are offering the Eagles a second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe for McNabb.

A Rams source told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that there is nothing to that report. Later, Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Inquirer report is “utterly ridiculous” and that he hasn’t spoken with the Eagles about any of his players.

Make of it what you will. The move makes sense from the Raiders standpoint if coach Tom Cable and managing general partner Al Davis aren’t sold upon JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye as the starter for next season.

Cable certainly isn’t sold upon any of the three as the unquestioned starter, saying it’s a full, wide-open competition come training camp. Trading for McNabb could change that in an instant.

The thinking also could go along the lines of bringing in McNabb so that he can give the Raiders the best chance of succeeding this year and asking him to help develop Russell.
It’s worth noting that McNabb had flattering things to say about Russell a few days before the Eagles played the Raiders at the Coliseum last season and went out of his way after the game to speak with Russell.

“Not all the negative aspects of what’s been going on should fall on JaMarcus because it’s a team game,” McNabb said in a conference call with Raiders beat writers four days before the Raiders beat McNabb and the Eagles.

McNabb said that Russell’s progress has been retarded by the high turnover in coaches, offensive coordinators, play-callers and players during his first three seasons.
It’s a tough situation for him,” McNabb said in the conference call. “I’m sure that he’s going to do what he has to do in order to pull himself out of it, and just make sure the guys understand that he’s putting in the effort as well.”

Cable said Tuesday at the owners meeting that Russell is putting in the required effort and that things are going as planned. Maybe so, but that’s coming from the same coach who pulled Russell from games twice last season and, ultimately, benched him for the final seven games.

The Raiders aren’t allowed to comment on a player under contract to another team, so there’s nothing from their camp about the McNabb-to-the-Raiders stories. Two Raiders employees said that they were unaware of the Raiders contacting the Eagles about McNabb.

McNabb was the second pick of the 1999 NFL draft by the Eagles. He has amassed 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns passing, with only 100 interceptions. The Eagles have reached the playoffs eight times and the Super Bowl once on his watch.

The reports of McNabb being shopped by the Eagles prompted him to respond on his blog on yardbarker.com.

“I was asked to respond to statements made at the NFL owners meetings that the Eagles would entertain offers to trade any of their three QBs,” McNabb said. “Here is my response: My position hasn’t changed. I’ve said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia.

“I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly. I think that would be best for me, Kevin, Michael, the Eagles, and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I’ve already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010.”

Last season, McNabb passed for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns. He completed 60.3 percent of his passes, with 10 interceptions.

By comparison, Russell, Gradkowski and Frye passed for 2,875 yards and 10 touchdowns. The trio completed 52.8 percent of their passes, with 18 interceptions.

Any team trading for McNabb would inherit his contract, which expires after next season. He also is due a $6.2 million roster bonus in May. In other words, it’s likely that the Raiders or another team that trades for him first would attempt to work out a long-term contract.

Russell’s contract calls for him to earn $9.45 million in 2010. Of that figure, $3 million is guaranteed whether he is on the opening-day roster or not.

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  • jhill

    Barnes has a better chance at being a decent RT than Henderson has at being a LT or RT.

    Barnes was part of a pretty decent running team in Jacksonville. The dude can run block just fine.

    Can we get anything for Henderson?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Lunch!

  • jhill

    Can Langston Walker play C?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I wouldn’t mind also upgrading Satele, but I can’t draft Pouncey in rd 2 because I need a DT or McNabb.

    ***

    Agreed. Pouncey won’t be there at #39. I don’t think Bruce Campbell or Mt Cody will be either

    My first choice would be:

    LT – Henderson/Barnes
    LG – Gallery/Walker*/Morris
    C – Kevin Mawae*/Satele/Morris
    RG – Bobbie Williams*/Carlisle/Morris
    RT – Ciron Black*/Pears

    If Mawae isn’t interested in coming here or isn’t a good fit for the zbs (at his age), then maybe we can draft that center from Boston College in Round 3?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Can’t Jano long snap on punts? He outweighs Condo, and does have good “lowers”. LOL.

  • new englandraider

    i wouldn’t trade henderson. i think the way he played in 08 earns him a chance to compete for the job. he shut down mario williams and a few others that year. i think that is one of the reasons russell played well down the stretch that season. knowing your blindside is covered could be a mental hurdle for qbs. however, this past season, he played well until the last 6 weeks or so. orakpo (wash) killed him. i think for 4 of the 10 sacks he allowed, so 6 in 15 games, is not that bad.

  • Scottish Raider

    We also need to factor into the OLine debate whether Al has really told Cable that he wants a bit less zone and a bit more power. If so, that would help Walker and Barnes. If not, and the system stays the same, that favours Carlisle, Morris and Pears.

    If the scheme has been amended to add more power, then we will have much more choice at the draft.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    January 11, 2009 HS Police and FRC Sheriffs Report:

    7:13 p.m. – Male calling from Fall River Pawn, reporting a male subject is claiming that the pawn shop had items belonging to him that had been stolen. Officer notified.

    Did you give them back Dakota? LMFAO

  • new englandraider

    man if the system favors carlisle morris and pears, i’d hate to see them in a system that doesn’t

  • RaiderRockstar

    I like the fact that the Raiders have been scheduling visits with OL and not DB’s!

    probably a smokescreen. haha

  • HairyBush

    Did anybody notice in the above article how The Rams were offering a 2nd round pick, and a decent starting safety for Mcnabb? Then when the Rams were asked about the possible deal, they denied it, and said they never contacted the Eagles.

    Anyways, who thinks Philly floated this idea in hopes it would raise Mcnabb’s value? It seems very logical ecspeacialy since we have an abundance of good safety’s as well as a 2nd round pick to part ways with. HMMMMM? I Like the idea of Mcnabb starting, and grooming Mr. Mohawk in the mean time. We need to win!

    I have to admit it would put more people in the seats at the stadium, as well as attract free agents for the next couple years who otherwise wouldn’t be interested. Just sayin.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 10:33 am
    January 11, 2009 HS Police and FRC Sheriffs Report:

    7:13 p.m. – Male calling from Fall River Pawn, reporting a male subject is claiming that the pawn shop had items belonging to him that had been stolen. Officer notified.

    Did you give them back Dakota? LMFAO
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you can’t even describe your own sunglasses or cell phone, then you aren’t getting them back from me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If you can’t even describe your own sunglasses or cell phone, then you aren’t getting them back from me.

    ***

    what about my car keys?!?

  • new englandraider

    would you guys give our 1st rounder for mcnabb?

  • DMAC

    What about my Honus Wagner baseball card???

  • DMAC

    NO, 1st rounder for McNabb.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 10:37 am
    If you can’t even describe your own sunglasses or cell phone, then you aren’t getting them back from me.

    ***

    what about my car keys?!?

    ++++++

    I told you, for a small $100 service fee I will walk outside and try the key in the car door…just pay up bro.

  • HairyBush

    1st rounder is steep, but……….Yeah I would, I’ll take anything at this point that will give me hope for the upcoming season!

  • HairyBush

    Mcnabb= savior

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota: have you ever visited those dudes on that show ‘Pawn Stars’ ???

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Sorry, no first rounder for McNabb….a second is okay, but not the #8 pick…unless they give us their 1st rounder with him lol

  • Scottish Raider

    New Englandraider, I wouldn’t disagree. Morris is a weenie tweener, Carlisle is a great technician but is just getting over powered and Pears just isn’t good enough. Thats why we need a major overhaul.

    Even if we pass on an OT in the first, there are some good prospects in the second (Ducasse, Saffold and Veldheer), third (Fox, Young, Beadles) and even further down (Black, Marinelli, Landolt). This is the best OT draft for a decade and we need to restock on talent. If Cable starts to get fussy looking for ‘system fits’, then he’s a one-dimensional idiot. Draft the talent and fit the system to the players – not the other way around.

    And this is the best draft for OGs for a generation (Asamoah, Jerry, Petrus, Johnson, Newhouse, Carter).

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Just on TV rockstar.

  • HairyBush

    Ideally, giving up a 2nd rounder and a mid level player would be ideal IMO.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Our 2nd rounder plus one of our 5th rounds should be enough to get McNabb. Anything more without him agreeing to a 3 year extension is just too much.

  • RaiderDebo

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 9:08 am
    I wish we could trade Tommy Kelly & JaMarcus Russell to Buffalo for Marcus Stroud & Trent Edwards.

    they are switching to a 3-4 defense and Stroud already said that he is not a 3-4 NT. Moving him to 3-4 DE might be like Warren Sapp as a 3-4 DE in Oakland (highly ineffective). Kelly was a pretty good 3-4 DE in Oakland though!

    Bills started Fitzpatrick & Brohm over Edwards last year and the Raiders started Gradkowski & Frye over Russell last year. Perhaps both plays need a fresh start?

    obviously both Raiders would be asked to take huge paycuts though. Buffalo wouldn’t want to inherit those massive contracts for players who never lived up to their potential
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    Dude, I know you hate JR, but Trent Edwards???? Not only would the Bills give us Stroud, but they’d probabaly throw in Marshawn Lynch and Lee Evans too. And they’d probably let us keep TK. A more equitable trade would be TK and Grads for Edwards and Stroud.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dude, I know you hate JR, but Trent Edwards???? Not only would the Bills give us Stroud, but they’d probabaly throw in Marshawn Lynch and Lee Evans too. And they’d probably let us keep TK.

    ***

    Debo: are you serious? that would be awesome!

    pull the trigger like yesterday!

    I’d feel bad if they gave us Lynch & Evans for nothing though. Maybe we could throw in Nick Miller & Marcel Reece …

  • HairyBush

    Dakota, I agree- we have sign him to a long term contract, or nevermind.

  • SteveAlford21

    PriestTJ,

    This reply is in regards to you regarding post #230.

    “I understand your concern for Russell if McNabb comes here but what this does is buy him time to fully develope without having to turn things around here.”

    So you’re saying that you admit that Russell isn’t near being ready to be a fulltime starter in the NFL.

    “Especially with someone he can identify with.”

    How exactly is it that JR can identify with McNabb moreso than with any of the veterans and coaches that we already have? As someone who calls out other people for racism that they never intended, you seem to have tipped your hand a bit on how you really feel there.

    Okay now… here is the BIG one. Are you ready for it?

    “This guy can come here and get us back to the big game in a hurry. Most certainly the playoffs”

    You just ADMITTED that with a good quarterback, the rest of the Raiders team AS IS can make the playoffs in your opinion… and even went so far as to say “back to the big game in a hurry”!!! All your excuses, apologism, and lies to cover JR’s bad play have just been undermined by you trying to argue against the people who don’t want McNabb in Oakland. You just accidentally called out your own BS and showed everyone that deep down inside, you know that the supporting cast is good enough to win the WEAK AFC West if not for the horrible play that JR has shown us to date.

    For the record, I hope that JR continues to do all that he needs to do to become elite and fulfill his potential. However, I have always taken issue with your excuses and lies. Didn’t you say that with a better supporting cast, JR would be a playoff QB? Didn’t you say that the lack of great supporting cast is what made JR look so bad and that he was far better than everyone says? … Yet NOW, you say that with a change at QB (brining in McNabb), we’re instantly a playoff team and within reach of the Superbowl! LMAO!!! You slipped up and showed your hand, TJ. You have admitted that you’re full of it and that you truly do know that Cable was right when he said that with better QB play, we’d have been in the playoffs… it just took having to defend another BLACK quarterback for you to come clean and show your true feelings. How’s it feel to be the one that proved that you’re a racist and blindly defended JR’s terrible play solely because you didn’t want him to lose his job to a white boy? You’re totally fine with a black man sending him to the bench to “develop,” though, aren’t you? LOL @ how you want JR to start immediately and say that it’s what he needs in order to develop when it’s Gradkowski who would start instead… but say the exact OPPOSITE is needed in order for JR to develop when it’s a BLACK quarterback instead of Grads.

    Enjoy your hypocisy, you racist scumbag.

  • HairyBush

    RR- if we still had Javon, we could package him with Reece and N.Miller. Now that would be a steal if you were Buffalo!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota,
    The cell phone had incoming and outgoing service and the sunglasses reflected sunlight from both eyes. Now give them back!

  • DMAC

    Ray Bans??

  • RaiderRockstar

    JaMarcus Russell
    Marcel Reece
    Nick Miller
    Tommy Kelly

    in exchange for:

    Trent Edwards
    Marshawn Lynch
    Lee Evans
    Marcus Stroud

    Debo, if you can pull off this trade I’ll wash your butt & drink the water because we’re going to the playoffs!

  • new englandraider

    i asked about the 1st rounder because that is the alleged asking price for mcnabb. im on the fence with that. we could draft another dhb, you never know. if anyone asked last year if you’d rather pick dhb or trade for mcnabb, hindsight would say make the trade. these rookies get paid so much $$$ and don’t earn it. can we afford another 1st round bust? i wonder if all can trade a second and a third for a mid-late 1st round pick. as i have said, i dont follow college ball, but many of you think we can pick up some talent in the 2nd-4th rounds as well so, maybe a trade of the 1st pick would not be so bad. just sit back and wait and see i guess.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LUNCH!

  • RaiderDebo

    LRaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 11:02 am
    JaMarcus Russell
    Marcel Reece
    Nick Miller
    Tommy Kelly

    in exchange for:

    Trent Edwards
    Marshawn Lynch
    Lee Evans
    Marcus Stroud

    Debo, if you can pull off this trade I’ll wash your butt & drink the water because we’re going to the playoffs!
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Sorry pal. I wouldn’t trade JR. Tell you what, I’LL wash my own butt and YOU can drink the water. Cool?

  • DMAC

    1st rounder for LT Gaither!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HairyBush

    new englandraider- For me it’s a simple descion, I will always take a proven guy in the NFL over a guy who could be the next best thing.

  • HairyBush

    BTW, “could” is the key word

  • CJ Legend 34

    I don’t know why but I could see the Raiders doing the unthinkable and drafting Dez Bryant. I don’t know why, I can just see it.

  • HairyBush

    CJ, I’m having a good day in Mcnabb fantasy land-plz don’t ruin it.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    patriots need a stud d-end and at 8, we’re first in line to get one, so trade the 8th pick to NE for their 22nd and one of their 3 2nd rd picks and you’ll still have enough chips to trade 4 mcabb and draft o-line. dreaming of course.

  • maddenraiderfan

    How the heck did the Patriots get 4 extra draft picks?

  • jhill

    doing the unthinkable and drafting Dez Bryant.

    ——————————————————-

    Why would that be unthinkable?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    maddenraiderfan Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    How the heck did the Patriots get 4 extra draft picks?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    We had to give them a few extra to take Burgess and Jordan, lol

  • RaiderDebo

    jhill Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 11:24 am
    doing the unthinkable and drafting Dez Bryant.

    ——————————————————-

    Why would that be unthinkable?
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I’d love that move. Ask RRS.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    raideredoutL.A. Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 11:18 am
    patriots need a stud d-end and at 8, we’re first in line to get one, so trade the 8th pick to NE for their 22nd and one of their 3 2nd rd picks and you’ll still have enough chips to trade 4 mcabb and draft o-line. dreaming of course.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I like this idea!

  • jhill

    I wish we could trade Tommy Kelly & JaMarcus Russell to Buffalo for Marcus Stroud & Trent Edwards.

    ——————————————————-

    At best, that is a lateral move. Would rather stand pat and draft a DT in rd 2.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio believes the situation in Philadelphia has reached the point where Donovan McNabb “can’t possibly succeed” in 2010.
    Sal Pal pointed out that the Eagles made McNabb “the lamest of lame duck quarterbacks,” alienated him, and “undermined his moral authority in the locker room” by not extending him beyond 2010 while entertaining trade talks. The situation appears to be beyond fixing, and McNabb’s comments indicate that he’s ready to move on to a new team. The 49ers may be emerging as a “darkhorse” candidate.

  • jhill

    Draft Dez Bryant and run the Shotgun Sread with Dez, Schillens, Murphy, and DHB.

    DMAC in the backfield.